Staff Member Profiles

Jo Podoliak

Chief Executive

Jo was appointed her role as Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland in July 2015. Jo brings extensive experience from both the public and private sector from within the state and nationally along with significant leadership skills and strong commercial acumen.

Jo’s previous experience in a range of Board and Executive roles including for the South Australian Tourism Commission and Coca-Cola Amatil, gives her extensive knowledge and understanding which will be an invaluable asset to the Murraylands and Riverland regions. Jo is eager to work with the businesses, stakeholders, team members and the Board to capitalise on the countless opportunities that exist in continuing the positive growth of our diverse region.

email: jpodoliak(at)rdamr.com.au  

Mark Bell

Business Development Manager (Riverland)

Mark commenced with RDA in December 2011 and his primary role is working with and assisting small to medium businesses, identifying and implementing opportunities for future sustainability, growth and development.

Mark’s skills & experience cover all aspects of business development. They included many years as a local business owner and as the Retail Operations Manager for 13 Mobil branded retail sites. He has held this position previously on contract for 15 months – April 2005 / June 2006 as well as being self employed as a business coach over the last 11 years.

Mark has a passion for business development and analysis. In 2006 Mark achieved accreditation as an APEC Certified Business Counsellor and in February 2011 his appointment was recommended to the Panel of Coaches for the DTED Business Owners Coaching Program (BOCP).

Recipient of the Australian Institute of Management Churchill Fellowship to study business cluster development and facilitation from European leaders - Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Spain and Italy.

email: mbell(at)rdamr.com.au

Darryl Webb

Business Development Manager (Murraylands)

Darryl joined RDA in October 2005 and his primary role is working with and assisting small to medium businesses, identifying and implementing opportunities for future sustainability, growth and development.

Darryl gained extensive management experience during 16 years as General Manager of Clipsal, Murray Bridge. Prior to moving to Murray Bridge in 1987 he held various management positions within Gerard Industries in Adelaide. Darryl and his family enjoy the Murraylands' lifestyle and continue to have a strong commitment to the region through community and sporting involvement.

email: dwebb(at)rdamr.com.au

Marc Shannon

Business Development Manager (Murraylands)

Starting with the RDA Murraylands in March 2016, Marc comes to the organisation with a wealth of experience to apply to his role in business development.

With a diverse work history including electrical, hospitality and management, Marc also has a Bachelor in Management Marketing. More recently, Marc has specialised in working with start-ups, and health sciences business development, in addition to community engagement.

Marc has worked across a wide range of industries, developing projects for research, infrastructure, education, employment and economic development.  New to the region, Marc is excited to be working with RDAMR and looks forward to assisting bring about sustainable initiatives that deliver positive and transformative change.

email: mshannon(at)rdamr.com.au 

Kathy Stringer

Finance & Business Support (Murraylands)

Kathy commenced with the RDA in September 2015 in the role of Finance and Business support, and brings with her over 30 years of combined experience in administration roles, 20 of those within the farming and agribusiness sector.

Kathy is excited to be a part of the RDA team to utilise her broad knowledge of book-keeping, whilst contributing to the efficiencies of the finance department.

Having lived in Murray Bridge all of her life, Kathy has a keen interest and passion for the local community and looks forward to working with RDA to build a better and brighter future.

email: kstringer(at)rdamr.com.au

Donna Beech

Project Support Officer (Riverland)

Donna joined the RDA in October 2015 to assist with the research, planning and implementation of various projects and initiatives.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Marketing, Donna has previously worked in a range of diverse marketing and communications roles in a number of industries, including electrical, communications, retail and wine. Her diverse background ensures she has a range of knowledge and skills able to assist the RDA to achieve their goals. 

Having returned to the Riverland after 16 years in Adelaide, Donna loves the lifestyle and opportunities now available in the region. 

email: dbeech(at)rdamr.com.au

Alyce Worsfold

Administrative Officer (Riverland)

Alyce joined the RDA team as a receptionist in January 2014.

Alyce was raised on the family cereal cropping and live-stock farm on the outskirts of Loxton. Her back ground in the family business has provided her with a great respect for the Riverland's beauty and diversity. Alyce is passionate about the region and sees a bright future for the Riverland.

Alyce is currently studying at University to become a Paramedic. Until she is qualified, Alyce is utilising her organisation, communication and people skills to be the first point of contact for our Riverland office.

Alyce's knowledge of the region will be a great addition to our team along with her friendly personality.

email: aworsfold(at)rdamr.com.au 

Brooke Miller

Trainee Administration (Murraylands)

Brooke recently joined the RDA team in January 2016 as a Trainee Administration Support Officer.

Brooke grew up in the hills of West Gippsland, Victoria on a family farm and from a young age she grew up with an appreciation for local produce and businesses. Brooke moved to Murray Bridge in 2012 and with her love of rural beauty and diversity, she can see the huge potential the region offers both locally and on a global scale.

As part of her traineeship, Brooke is undertaking a Certificate 3 in Business Administration; She hopes this will improve her already accomplished skills in communication, organisation and people skills, allowing her to better fulfil her role as Administration Support.

Sue Whitbourne

Anne Payne

Employment & Training Project Manager (Riverland)

Sue commenced as the Project Manager for Employment and Training in September 2015, after joining the team at RDA in a support role earlier in the year.

Sue brings an extensive background in project, event, business and people management to the business and has experience in a variety of industries, particularly tourism, sales and finance.      

She believes that her local knowledge and community involvement within the region will enable her to continue to drive the employment and training projects and continue to grow key relationships with industry, local small and medium enterprises and service provider within the region.

Sue and her family enjoy the diverse and relaxed lifestyle the Riverland has to offer and have a deep involvement in the local community through their extensive sporting involvement.

Annette Thiel

Career Development Centre (Riverland)

Annette is a qualified Career Practitioner and has undertaken Certificate IV in both Career Development and Project Management. 

Annette’s role at the Career Development Centre (CDC) – Riverland is that of Project Support.  The CDC is a Skills for Jobs in Regions project that commenced operation out of the Berri office in September 2010. Annette is responsible for administration within the centre, including file and data management and the smooth functioning of the centre. With an understanding of local industry, local employment services and local training providers, Annette successfully links clients with the appropriate services suitable to their requirements.

Annette has been employed at RDA since 2004, being here during the amalgamation of the Murraylands Regional Development Board and the Riverland Development Corporation (RDC) and had been with the RDC.

email: athiel(at)rdamr.com.au 

Rachel Thiele

Career Development Practitioner (Riverland)

Rachel is a qualified Career Development Practioner and has undertaken a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice, Certificate IV in Career Development, Front Line Management and Training & Assessment.

Rachel grew up on a Farm just outside of Loxton and believes in the importance of working with the local community to develop areas of need in both Employment and Training. Rachel is familiar with the Riverland Regions training trends and one of her key focuses is advocating for clients in order to have their skills formally recognised through either Recognised Prior Learning process or other training forms. Rachel works with clients to help display their transferable skills that can be utilised in other areas; in turn creating new pathways for individuals and direction to those who may not have thought this was achievable.

Rachel enjoys working with clients to develop personal tailored resumes, covering letters and Career pathway Plans. Rachel recognizes that each client is different and will have different needs to be catered for.

Rachel assists people in gaining knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage learning and work throughout a productive and engaging working life.

email: rthiele(at)rdamr.com.au 

Kerryn Van Dyk

Career Development Practitioner (Riverland)

Kerryn commenced with RDA in June 2012 working in the Career Development Centre (CDC) located in Berri. Kerryn has a disability background having spent 11 years working in the Disability Employment Sector and brings with her the valued knowledge in career planning and customer servicing. Kerryn also has completed a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice. 

Kerryn’s role at the CDC is as a Career Practitioner and she is responsible for providing clients with knowledge to update and tailor their Resumes to suit employment opportunities, assisting them to become job ready, linking them with training opportunities, and generally working with clients to establish their career pathway.

email: kvandyk(at)rdamr.com.au 

Christine Willersdorf

Employment and Training Project Manager (Murraylands)

Christine started with RDA Murraylands in the role of Project Manager for Employment Education and Training in July 2015, bringing with her many years of industry experience and a passion for the development of employment and training services in the Murraylands region.

With a strong business background, Christine is committed to connecting employers with the unemployed or under employed people in the region, whilst providing opportunities for individuals to be provided with advice, information and training. A key part of this is supporting industry through networking and evaluating core needs to develop programs and strategies to match their needs.

Reasons why Christine is so passionate about the Murraylands region include its amazing climate and lifestyle, and its proximity to metropolitan Adelaide. As a member of the local Rotary Club, Christine enjoys working closely with the youth and unemployed in the region which she has been connected with for the last 8 years.

email: cwillersdorf(at)rdamr.com.au

Cathy Clemow

Career Development Practitioner (Murraylands)

Cathy is a qualified Career Development Practitioner having undertaken a Certificate IV in Language Literacy and Numeracy, Training and Assessment and Career Development

Having chosen to re-enter the workforce in the late ’90’s, Cathy had a passion for education and having up-skilled, she moved quickly into the school sector. Positions included promotion and marketing, fundraising and development and Vocational Education and Training (VET). Starting in the Barossa region, Cathy then moved to Alice Springs, where she co-ordinated the VET Youth2Work programme working with five schools in the region, before taking on the position of Regional Industry Career Advisor, covering a huge region from the SA/NT border up to Katherine. Having returned to Mannum and gained additional skills, Cathy started with the CDC in the Murraylands office in December 2015.

Cathy has never moved very far from an industry that tries to encourage and motivate people to reach their potential.  With a love for the River and all that the Region has to offer, Cathy looks forward to working with dedicated RDA members that are focused on helping this wonder region reach its potential.

email: cclemow(at)rdamr.com.au